Father Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In US

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This Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was marked with sadness for the family of a Michigan father who was deported to Mexico after living in the United States for 30 years.

An emotional scene unfolded at the Detroit Metro Airport, where Jorge cried while embracing his two children and wife, Cindy Garcia. Shortly after, he was escorted by two ICE agents to a plane. He may not be able to return to the U.S. for another 10 years.

There has been an immediate outcry from the political world as news pundits and politicians are citing the event as another example of the faults of President Trump’s aggressive immigration policies.

Erik Shelley, of the immigrant advocate group Michigan United, expressed her outrage.

“How do you do this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? It’s another example of the tone-deafness of this administration. If Jorge isn’t safe, no one is safe.”

Jorge entered the United States with a family member at the age of 10-years-old. As reported by the Detroit Free Press, he has been trying to work toward a legal path to citizenship and in the process has amassed $125,000 in legal fees since 2005. He was given a removal order in 2009 but was then granted an extension during the Obama presidency. In November, the situation changed under the Trump administration when more power was granted to immigration agencies. Jorge was again given the orders to leave by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.